How is Israel Apartheid?
There's people talking on facebook about apartheid week. And i want to know how Israel is an apartheid state. In the state of Israel, as far as I understand, Arabs, Jews, and other races are all treated equally. There are Arab Supreme Court Justices, Arab IDF officers, Arab police etc. In Israel. And don't say anything about Palestine, because Palestine is under the government of Hamas, not Israel, Therefore Israel can not be blamed for the oppression in Palestine. So how are they an apartheid state?
- Shay pLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
In Israel, there is no apartheid. Nothing here even comes close to the definition of apartheid under the 1998 Rome Statute: “Inhumane acts ... committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime.” Israeli Arabs — 20 percent of Israel’s population — vote, have political parties and representatives in the Knesset and occupy positions of acclaim, including on its Supreme Court. Arab patients lie alongside Jewish patients in Israeli hospitals, receiving identical treatment.
To be sure, there is more de facto separation between Jewish and Arab populations much of it is chosen by the communities themselves, but it is not apartheid, which consciously enshrines separation as an ideal. In Israel, equal rights are the law, the aspiration and the ideal; inequities are often successfully challenged in court.
The situation in the West Bank is more complex. But here too there is no intent to maintain “an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group.” This is a critical distinction, even if Israel acts oppressively toward Palsetinians there. South Africa’s enforced racial separation was intended to permanently benefit the white minority, to the detriment of other races. By contrast, Israel has agreed in concept to the existence of a Palsetinian state in Gaza and almost all of the West Bank, and is calling for the Palsetinians to negotiate the parameters.
Those seeking to promote the myth of Israeli apartheid often point to clashes between heavily armed Israeli soldiers and stone-throwing Palsetinians in the West Bank, or the building of what they call an “apartheid wall” and disparate treatment on West Bank roads. While such images may appear to invite a superficial comparison, it is disingenuous to use them to distort the reality. The security barrier was built to stop unrelenting terrorist attacks; while it has inflicted great hardship in places, the Israeli Supreme Court has ordered the state in many cases to reroute it to minimize unreasonable hardship. Road restrictions get more intrusive after violent attacks and are ameliorated when the threat is reduced.
Jewish-Arab relations in Israel and the West Bank cannot be simplified to a narrative of Jewish discrimination. There is much suspicion on both sides. Israel, unique among democracies, has been in a state of war with its neighbors who refuse to accept its existence. Even some Israeli Arabs, because they are citizens of Israel, have at times come under suspicion from other Arabs as a result of that longstanding enmity.
The mutual recognition and protection of the human dignity of all people is indispensable to bringing an end to hatred and anger. The charge that Israel is an apartheid state is a false and malicious one that precludes, rather than promotes, peace and harmony.
- 8 years ago
Apartheid is not just about discrimination. It is a matter of international law. Apartheid regimes codify into their domestic laws three pillars of apartheid:
1. The state adopts a preferred identity, then establishes laws granting preferential status and privileges to the preferred group.
2. The state segregates the population into geographic areas based on identity. The favored identity receives preferential access to land, water and other resources and benefits. The non-preferred group is confined to ever-shrinking, non-contiguous besieged enclaves.
3. The state passes security laws to suppress all opposition. Those opposing apartheid are labeled terrorists. Domination is enforced through assassinations, imprisonment (often for years), torture and cruel, inhumane, degrading treatment.
Using these criteria, an international legal team sponsored by the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa recently completed a study that concluded that Israel's practices against Palestinians reach the level of apartheid as measured by international law.
"And don't say anything about Palestine, because Palestine is under the government of Hamas, not Israel,"
Israel has effective control over Palestinian territories. Although the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza now govern themselves, they are not an independent country. They are still technically part of Israel.
The Economist, in an article on the debate over withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza Strip ("Israel's settlers: Waiting for a miracle", The Economist, August 11, 2005), asserted that "Keeping the occupied land will force on Israel the impossible choice of being either an apartheid state, or a binational one with Jews as a minority."[
- michael yLv 68 years ago
This is a street in Hebron where there is a majority of Palestinians where they had shops and homes now off limits to all but Jewish settlers. This is just one of many examples of an apartheid state
- trancinguyLv 68 years ago
"The CORE issues of the Palestinian-Israeli are the collective dispossession and ethnic cleansing (compulsory population transfer to achieve political objectives) of the Palestinian people for the past six decades. In our opinion, the conflict would have been at the same level of intensity even if both parties had been Jewish, Muslims, or Christians."Source(s): Palestinian-Israeli Conflict For Beginners Posted on December 18, 2001 http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Palestine-...
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- MarianLv 58 years ago
There is a lot of discrimination in Israel and in the occupied territories, but I really think the word Apartheid, which is in Afrikaans, should be reserved for what has going on in South Africa.
- Anonymous8 years ago
The stories arabs tell about how Israel is an apartheid state have nothing to do with logic, common sense and truth. Arabs use this worn slogan just as a propagandistic weapon in their campaign of delegitimization of Israel. After having lost all the wars they started against the Jews, this is the only thing left to them.
- Legio XVIILv 78 years ago
The International Criminal Court maintains the following definitions of apartheid:
For Israel in particular, pay special attention to a few of these points from the definition of apartheid:
"By arbitrary arrest and illegal imprisonment of the members of a racial group or groups;"
"Deliberate imposition on a racial group or groups of living conditions calculated to cause its or their physical destruction in whole or in part;"
"Any legislative measures and other measures calculated to prevent a racial group or groups from participation in the political, social, economic and cultural life of the country and the deliberate creation of conditions preventing the full development of such a group or groups, in particular by denying to members of a racial group or groups basic human rights and freedoms, including the right to work, the right to form recognised trade unions, the right to education, the right to leave and to return to their country, the right to a nationality, the right to freedom of movement and residence, the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association;"
"prohibition of mixed marriages among members of various racial groups, the expropriation of landed property belonging to a racial group or groups or to members thereof;"
Israel doesn't get nailed for this because they aren't a signatory to the ICC, but a Palestinian state could bring up the case. I'd wager that's one of the reasons why Israel continuously stonewalls Palestinian independence.
- S BLv 68 years ago
- Anonymous8 years ago
It is not